by Matt Slick
Witnessing to those who are in Wicca can be a difficult undertaking. Wiccans are involved in the occult, and such involvement brings a definite spiritual effect. There is a darkness that hides behind a veil of which Wiccans step through each time they practice their spells and incantations. The more they dwell in the darkness, the less they recognize the light. In fact, the brightness of truth often repels them.
This is why Christians must be careful when dealing with Wiccans because, in your endeavor to win them to Christ, you must overcome many hurdles as well as fight a spiritual battle. This is not easy to do. Nevertheless, there are some basic guidelines that we recommend Christians follow when dealing with Wiccans. We will list them out and expound on each one:
- Wicca is deeply entrenched in occult practices. This means that Wiccans are unwittingly involved and in contact with demonic forces. Wiccans will dismiss this as nonsense, but the Christian needs to understand what he is up against. Therefore, it is absolutely necessary that you pray for the binding of any demonic activity, for the truth to be revealed, and that you would be both protected as well as used while you witness.
- Be respectful
- Just because the Wiccan is deceived and involved in the occult, does not mean that he or she should be insulted, maligned, or injured. The truth is that every human is made in the image of God and by default deserves proper treatment. You should show respect to Wiccans, not based on their theological perspective, not because they are lost, but because they're made in the image of God. Show them respect as you would any other human being.
- Learn what he/she believes in by asking questions.
- There are different traditions within Wicca and what you learn from one may not necessarily agree in every aspect with another Wiccan. Therefore, it is absolutely necessary that you ask questions. There's nothing wrong with learning what it is that they do and why they believe what they believe. I find that asking questions is one of the best things you can do when talking to anybody in any different theological system. I ask questions, listen intently to the answers and then ask more questions. Invariably I begin to discover inconsistencies in their answers and I politely ask more questions around those inconsistencies. It does not take long for the person to start seeing that their belief system has serious problems. Remember, anything that is not based on the Christian faith is false and will have errors which you can discover through asking questions.
- Don't call them cultists
- This is equivalent to name-calling. It is one thing to write an article about cults and provide a list of various groups, but it is another thing to look some in the face you trying to witness to call them cultists. It puts up walls and breaks down communication.
- Don't call them Satanists
- Calling a Wiccan a Satanist is also counterproductive. Since Wiccans do not acknowledge the existence of Satan all you will accomplish is irritating and alienating them.
- Don't emphasize the male-dominated church system since most Wiccans are women.
- Since most Wiccans are women, it isn't a good idea to bring up the idea of a male-dominated hierarchical church system of religious absolutes. It is best to slowly work into the conversation when a person is ready. You don't have to deny it but it is not necessary to bring it up right away in order to "set them straight."